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Twenty-seven Indian workers return from war-torn Iraq

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Twenty seven Indian workers returned from war-torn Iraq to New Delhi and left for their home. They thanked the Indian government and its embassy in Baghdad for the help rendered. The workers were stranded in Basra as the company they were employed with did not give them salary. About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since Islamic State began its offensive. However, there is no trace of 39 Indian construction workers, mainly from northern state of Punjab, who were abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State last year. Feb 23, 2015
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Father Alexis thanks PM, government for his release

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Indian national, Father Alexis Prem Kumar Ananthaswamy, who was abducted in Afghanistan, thanked the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his release after his arrival in New Delhi. The 47-year-old Jesuit priest was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from Herat in June last year and was being held as a captive. However, he refused to divulge his experience in captivity. The Indian foreign ministry had said it was difficult eight month period and India had pursued the matter quite relentlessly and thanked everybody involved in the process. Feb 23, 2015
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Sushma Swaraj meets Bahrain foreign minister in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, arrived in New Delhi at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Khalifa co-chaired the first meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission with Swaraj. During the meeting both the leaders discussed issues of common interest including militancy. In a tweet, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said “India-Bahrain Ministers discuss issues of common interest in 1st meeting of High Joint Commission in Delhi.” He further tweeted “Terror on top of agenda as Minister @SushmaSwaraj discusses regional situation with counterpart from Bahrain.” India and Bahrain are known to share cordial relations marked by regular high level political exchanges. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain had come to India on his first state visit to the country in February 2014. Feb 23, 2015
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Ahead of Lent, a 'pagan' festival in eastern Ukraine

The fighting in parts of east Ukraine goes on, but in the rebel-held town of Donetsk, there is still time and spirit for an annual celebration just before Lent. Ukrainians are marking the last day of Feb 23, 2015
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Crime report for week ending Feb. 22

A guilty plea from Rabbi Barry Freundel on charges that he secretly videotaped dozens of women in a ritual bath, in Washington D.C.'s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Facing decades in prison, he Feb 23, 2015
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"It's fabulous" -- London resident on Lunar New Year

Get your martial arts moves ready because the Lunar New Year is here -- and the festivities in London aren't like any other. Thousands from all walks of life ring in the 'year of the sheep' in this Feb 23, 2015
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"It's fabulous" -- London resident on Lunar New Year

Get your martial arts moves ready because the Lunar New Year is here -- and the festivities in London aren't like any other. Thousands from all walks of life ring in the 'year of the sheep' in this Feb 23, 2015
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Animals in the news around the globe

It is splendor in the snow for this red panda at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Nevermind the frigid near a record low temperature -- it's panda playtime. For these endangered species it Feb 23, 2015
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Animals in the news around the globe

It is splendor in the snow for this red panda at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Nevermind the frigid near a record low temperature -- it's panda playtime. For these endangered species it Feb 23, 2015
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Rain or shine - the Oscars must go on

Get ready for the glitz and glam with a chance of rainfall on the red carpet at this year's Oscars. Grey skies above Hollywood threaten the perfect "Kodak" moment -- but the red carpet doesn't stand Feb 23, 2015